How Can This New Facebook Tool Help Prevent Suicide?
What can you possibly do if you get to know that someone from your close acquaintances is planning to hurt himself/herself? And how can you assist that person and divert his/her mind from the critical stage with the help of online resources like the social media for instance? Well, a new Facebook tool has come up with which you can actually do a lot to prevent a person from committing suicide or get rid of such ill feelings. You can talk to the person, refrain him/her from thinking negative with the help of social media even if you are not able to reach out to the person in real. Also, if you do not know the person that well to meddle into his/her private affairs, you can always seek help from the authorities.
The suicide rates have drastically increased in Palo Alto, California and other regions of the United States. A high school in Palo Alto shows a four to five times of national average increase in suicide rates. The statistics pushed towards the introduction of a new Facebook tool by which you can provide immediate help to the potential suicide victims so that they are saved from hurting themselves.
How can the new Facebook tool help to prevent suicide attempts?
Jennifer Stuber, founder of Forefront, the suicide prevention organization, who is working with Facebook to design content for its new suicide prevention tool firmly holds that suicides can be prevented even by talking to the individual having such tendencies or getting them help from suitable resources. She believes that this new Facebook tool can be immensely helpful to prevent such unfortunate incidents and the fact that people are openly expressing their feelings on the social media platform is nothing but an opportunity to reach out to them and help. In this post we are going to discuss the part that Facebook has decided to play in the suicide prevention program.
The new Facebook tool is all set to prevent suicide
Near about 2 billion people share posts on the social media platform every day. People post about their feelings, thoughts and emotions as well as their day to day activities. If you find some post which seem suicidal to you in any way, you can now flag the post for the authorities to consider it. A new suicide prevention committee developed by the social network will review the post and provide immediate help and resources to the concerned person to help prevent him/her from taking any drastic action. They will either help you to communicate with the person at risk of harming himself/herself or they will directly reach out to him/her saying that they received a notification that someone is concerned about him/her so that they can get some help if ever they feel suicidal.
How can this new Facebook tool help drive ill feelings out of one’s mind?
Once you come across a post that seems to be a distress signal to you, you can easily flag that post which will be reviewed by the global community operations team of the social media giant. Those people review flagged posts every single day and suicidal posts are taken up faster by the members of the community. Then the person is provided a set of options to send a message directly or to reach out to a mutual friend for help. Even Facebook is going to provide messages that you can send to your friend in need of some support to drive ill thoughts out of his/her mind. However, Facebook still advises people to report any direct threat to the local authorities so that immediate help is restored to the concerned person. According to Dr.Dan Reidenberg, the executive director of Save.org, more lives are being lost to suicides than cancers, homicides or road accidents. If other social networks start taking measures against this trend, just like the new Facebook tool, something can be done to improve the condition of people’s minds.
How can you help someone who seems suicidal on the social media?
The best way will be to talk the person out of danger. You can empathize with the person, share his/her pains and slowly try to drive all ill feelings out of their minds. Blatant phrases like “Are you feeling unhappy?” or “Are you thinking of harming yourself” can work wonders in some cases while in others you have to talk to them in a positive light to help them recover. The social media, such as the new Facebook tool, can be of immense help in situations when you cannot reach out to the person offline. And they can work miracles to drive the person out of danger zone if you can provide the right resources on time.
Facebook has faced criticisms for being overtly concerned in people’s personal lives before. But, this is a global concern for which we need to work unanimously. So, do you think that the new Facebook tool is going to reduce suicide rates in the world? Or you think that the social media is as useless as a silent witness to the whole thing. Share your thoughts with us so that we can hold a detailed discussion on the matter. Have a beautiful day full of positive thoughts and incidents!